The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) at its bi-annual meeting in October recognized Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. for its Program of Distinction in Music.
The Middle States Programs of Distinction initiative provides external validation of an accredited school’s accomplishments in specific areas of expertise and enables schools to take accreditation to the next level.
“Programs of Distinction are models for other academic programs around the world,” said Henry Cram, Ed.D., interim president of MSA-CESS. “Mt. Lebanon High School is to be commended for its commitment to excellence and for offering students a high-quality education that includes exceptional instruction in music.”
The Programs of Distinction review process helps already accredited schools identify strengths and areas for growth and provides inspiration and recommendations for attaining a high-quality program.
Middle States accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in Global Literacies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, School Counseling and STEM.
Schools attaining the Music Program of Distinction foster within students a deep appreciation for music as an expressive, creative art form. Music education is recognized as an essential component of the social and cultural fiber of society and the school.
“Mt. Lebanon High School is committed to setting high standards for our students, to providing them with a well-rounded curriculum and opportunities for study in a variety of fields,” said Joel Thompson, Ed.D., principal of Mt. Lebanon High School. “We are proud to have earned this distinction from Middle States.To learn more about Middle States Programs of Distinction, click here.